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The standard drugs for osteoporosis are making bones weaker. Bisphosphonates are routinely given to the elderly and to cancer patients to help protect bones—but new research has discovered they are increasing the risks of a fracture.
Alzheimer’s patients often take an antidepressant—but the drug nearly doubles the risk of a fall and hip fracture. The risk is at its greatest when the person starts taking the medication, but it’s still there even four years later.
If calcium is good for our bones, consuming large amounts should give us special protection against osteoporosis and fractures, right? Well, no. Consuming moderate amounts of calcium every day—and from vegetables rather than dairy products—is more effective, new research has found.
Drink-a-pint-of-milk-a-day has been standard health advice for years, especially for children and post-menopausal women
Walking for 30 minutes every day is like a magic pill that protects against a range of chronic diseases and even prevents a premature death